Performance opportunities for composers

It is crucial for every composer’s development to hear their music performed. It is also essential to learn skills for interacting with performers effectively and diplomatically to ensure the best possible interpretation of your music.

Our lively department offers plenty of opportunities for composers at all levels to work with performers to realise and develop their music.

For MA Music (Composition) students

Professional Workshops

Each term there will be at least one opportunity to write for a professional soloist or ensemble who will work with you on a workshop performance of your piece.  Recent visitors include: Diotima QuartetSCAW duoJoseph Houston/Lore Lixenberg and Pascal Gallois.

Orchestral/large ensemble workshop

In the summer term of your degree programme, there will be the opportunity to receive a workshop-rehearsal by student performers of your music for orchestra or other large ensemble. Alongside the benefits of having the rare chance to hear your music played and recorded by a large group, you will also hone your professional publication skills, producing high quality performance materials to strict deadlines.

For everyone

Chimera Ensemble

The Chimera Ensemble is a highly flexible student ensemble. The group provides a public forum for new undergraduate and postgraduate compositions and also gives students the opportunity to perform challenging contemporary repertoire. Recent performances have included Tansy Davies Fallen Angel, Tristan Murail Winter Fragments, Unsuk Chin Cantatrix Sopranica, and Salvatore Sciarrino Lo Spazio Inversio.

At the end of each term the Chimera Ensemble presents a day of events, usually consisting of two concerts, an open rehearsal, and a pre-concert talk. In addition to performances within York, the Chimera Ensemble has toured Portugal, Japan and Germany.

Other student performances

Making music is at the heart of all our activities in the Department. As such there are a great many opportunities for collaborating with other students on contemporary performance, as both part of your studies or on a more informal basis. We encourage you to set up your own events and concerts and will support you to do so as far as possible.